Monday, May 29, 2017

Card #41 - Dave Parker in action

The Card
Topps knew how much folks loved the Cobra, so after his normal base card they gave us one more...IN ACTION!

It looks like Parker is wearing Pony cleats.  Those were all the rage in the 1980's but you sure don't see them anymore.

The Story
I remember my eyes popping open when I found this bad boy in the common's box at my local shop.

The Price
$0.25

The Condition
This was the only copy of #41 in the common's box, otherwise I wouldn't have picked it up.  The corner on the back of the card is splitting and peeling up.  From the front, though, you can't tell.

The Verdict
Raise your hand if you want Topps to bring back "in action" cards in their next set!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Card #40 - Dave Parker

The Card
Here we have one of the more iconic cards in the set...THE COBRA!  Helmet tilted back, bat on shoulder, leaning on the batting cage during BP, this dude knew he was THE MAN.

The Story
I couldn't find this one at my local card shop, so it was part of my first ever order from COMC.

The Price
I payed a cool $1.00, plus the S/H.

The Condition
It's a little rough around the edges with some corner dings.  I would say, as I've seen with some of the 1982's, it isn't the clearest print quality either.  For some reason you can  have two cards of the same player in the 1982 set and you'll swear you're looking at two different versions even though they're supposed to be the same.

The Verdict
I feel like Parker's popularity is retroactively growing.  His drug issues and suspensions blurred the fact this dude was one of the best hitter's in MLB history.  My prayers go out to him as he bravely fights Parkinson's.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Card #39 - Lou Whitaker

The Card
I LOVE this card.  Not only does Whitaker look like a complete bad-@$$...he signed his name "Sweet Lou"!  Are you kidding me!?!?  That's awesome.

I had the fortune of seeing Whitaker play in Tigers Stadium a couple of times near the end of his career.  I'm a better person for it.

The Story
You know I live in Texas, because if I was still back in Michigan there's no way this beauty would have been trapped in a common's box at my local shop.  This would be in the glass case.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
The card is in wonderful condition though it is off-center.

The Verdict
This is one of my favorites in the set.  That's why it's included in the blog background.

On a side note, sorry for the sporadic posts lately.  I'm coaching my daughter's soccer team right now and that's been dominating my free time...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Card #38 - Charlie Lea

The Card
Here's a smart looking card for the late, great, Charlie Lea, a  Montreal legend and a fine pitcher.

You have to love this card, Lea appears to be warming up pregame along the third base line.  In the distance you see the old Candlestick scoreboard advertising the game's start time.  If my detective work is accurate, this is probably from the game on May 16, 1981.  Lea pitched a four hit shutout.  But that was actually a bit of a letdown compared to his previous outing.  On May 10, 1981, he no-hit that same Giants team, but in Montreal for that battle.

The Story
Another common's box rescue effort.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
I can't find a thing wrong with it.

The Verdict
This card must induce nightmares anytime a Giant from the 1981 team sees it!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Card #37 - Dan Graham

The Card
You have already heard me say this a dozen times, and you'll only read it a few dozen more, but I am a huge Orioles fan.  They are my team.  Adam Jones robbing Manny Machado last night gave me all the feels.  I love the O's!

Prior to obtaining Dan Graham...I'd never heard of him.  This is a fairly weird experience for me.  Back when ESPN ran their classic fantasy baseball leagues I played with a group of guys and we each had a team we would draft from, and I of course chose the Orioles/Browns, so I got very familiar with their obscure (cheap) players to round out my recruits.  Dan Graham, you escaped my notice!

The Story
I found this lost Oriole in the common's box at my local shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's crisp but not a well-centered cut.

The Verdict
I'm so excited to have a new Oriole card I could take my shirt off...like the guy over Graham's shoulder!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Page #4


My favorite card on this page:
I thought I would say Tom Seaver, but I gotta go...GENE GARBER!

My least favorite card on this page:
Jerry Morales.  Or should I say, Jerry Morales' uniform.

What is your favorite card?  VOTE IN THE POLL TO THE RIGHT OF THIS POST!!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

100 Words!

Robert over at $30 a week offered free cards for 100 words.  These are those words!


He attacked big names on my want list, including Lynn Nolan Ryan.  Oooh…rainbows.


Carney Lansford is underrated.  That dude could hit!


Ozzie.  The Wizard!  This was his last card in the brown and yellow.  He somehow makes it look good.


What’s that?  Another Hall of Famer?  Robert, you killed it with this package!  The older I get the more I like Mike Schmidt. 


Bringing up the rear we have Pete Rose…in action.  I don’t like Pete Rose, but I like his cards.

Thanks Robert!!!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Card #36 - Texas Rangers Team Leaders

The Card
Here we are with our first team leaders card for the 1982 set, and I'm kind of in love with it.  My dad was a pilot in the Air Force when I was a kid, and we were stationed just north of Dallas/Ft. Worth in the early 80's, so this era of Rangers uniforms sparks distinct memories.  I know for a fact I used to own wristbands with that glorious old-school Texas logo with the cowboy hat.

This is a fun pairing, too.  Al Oliver, who has to be one of the most underrated players in MLB history, is rocking a gold chain and a million dollar smile...and the powder blue away uniform!  To his left is George "Doc" Medich, a veteran starter with a steely gaze.  And they're both making those mesh-backed trucker hats look good.  The flip side of the card serves as a team checklist for the set, and includes the players card and uniform numbers.  Al Oliver's jersey number?  "Zero" of course - big O!

The Story
This was in the commons bin at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Very good, minus a corner ding in the lower left side of the card.

The Verdict
Topps needs to bring these team leader cards back!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Card #35 - Willie Aikens

The Card
Here's a sweet shot of the once promising superstar, Willie Aikens.  The lefty slugger was a rising star in the early 80's until his drug use ran him out of baseball.  To his credit he's used those travails as a warning to others about the dangers of drugs and addiction.

 I have to say, I love this photo.  Sun gleaming off the helmet but causing shadows across the face...batting cage in the background...all the blues blending together.  Gorgeous!  This is also the first Kansas City Royals card on the blog.

The Story
Yet another find in the commons box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Very good, minus a slight imperfection under the bill of his helmet (you can't tell by the scan).

The Verdict
Another worthy addition to the 1982 set.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Card #34 - Joe Sambito

The Card
Here is a spring training shot of one of Houston's best relievers in team history - Joe Sambito.  He's a former All-Star who finished 5th in Cy Young voting one year after being 21st in MVP voting.  Not too shabby Joe!

The Story
I found Joe at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's in wonderful condition.  It also has that natural old card board bend to it.  You know what I'm talking about, that convex tilt when it's out of the page.  I love that.

The Verdict
He's a player whose first name rhymes with his last.  What's not to love?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Card #33 - Jerry Morales

The Card
Sweet fancy Moses...can you believe the Cubs actually wore these uniforms out in public!?!  Morales, with his steely gaze, superior mustache, dirty leg, and legit wristband, should look downright intimidating in this card, but that all gets lost in an ocular assault of light blue and piping.  Those poor folks at Shea Stadium actually paid money to look at this mess!

The Story
This was another lost cardboard soul in my local card shop commons box.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Superior...minus the color scheme.

The Verdict
Morales was an All-Star for the Cubs in the 70's who came back to Chicago in 1981 to finish out his career.  He deserved better than this road uniform!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Card #32 - Gene Garber

The Card
Sometimes simple is better.  Here's a nice clean shot of Gene Garber, the journeyman reliever, as he prepares to hurl a white ball to home plate.  The sun is shining in over his left shoulder as the leg floats above the mound.  Well done Topps!

This marks the first Atlanta Braves card of the set.  The green was an interesting complimentary color on the hockey stick, but the grass in the background helps make it work.

The Story
Another treasure I found in the commons box at my local card shop.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
It's pretty darn good.  Perhaps a bit faded in the coloring, though.

The Verdict
This card really pops out on the binder page.  I think I love it.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Card #31 - Tom Seaver in action

The Card
Here's the second Tom Seaver card in the set, the second card of Tom Seaver in a row, and the second "in action" card so far.  That's a lot of seconds!

It's always cool to see a blurry baseball coming out of the pitcher's hand in a baseball card.  That said...and maybe it's just me...but Tom Seaver cards never seem to capture the greatness of the actual player.  What do you think?

The Story
I picked this card up with #30 as part of my first ever COMC purchase.

The Price
$0.63 - that's 23 cents more expensive than the base card.

The Condition
It's fine, but you can tell it isn't centered well.

The Verdict
This isn't the last we'll see of Tom Seaver in the set...and that's a good thing!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Card #30 - Tom Seaver

The Card
This is simply a baseball card of one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game - the upper echelon of Hall of Famers...Tom Seaver!  Tom Terrific!

I suspect there's a TV microphone just outside of the frame, as seen on many of the cards in the 1982 set, but I can't be sure.  The brown and blue hockey stick also seems to be a bizarre choice for a team called the Reds.

Most cardboard fans either think of Seaver as a Met or a Red.  I'm one of the weirdos who always imagines the White Sox first.  That's because my first Seaver card was from the 1985 set.  I still remember the time I accidentally knelt on that card on my living room floor as a kid.  I put a big fat crease right across it.  Why couldn't it have been Richard Dotson?

The Story
This card was part of my first-ever order from COMC.com.  I was super nervous waiting for it to arrive, but all that worry was for nothing.  It came fast and well protected.  Thanks COMC!

The Price
$0.40 - I think that's great for a Seaver card.

The Condition
It's certainly not perfect, but the biggest flaw seems to be the actual photo quality.  I'm not sure if that's all 1982 Seavers or just this one.

The Verdict
Dude.  It's Tom Seaver!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Card #29 - Dwayne Murphy

The Card
Sweet yellow jerseys!  Batting cages!  Ear flaps!  Folks, Dwayne Murphy is looking gooood on this card.  Murphy was a bit ahead of his time as a player - I remember him as a good glove center fielder who could hit for power and draw some walks, though his batting average typically wasn't that flashy.  He had some speed too, though he wasn't bumping Rickey Henderson out of the lead-off spot.  This also marks the first A's card of the set.

The Story
You can probably tell from the scan all the wear and tear on this card.  That can only mean one thing - Original Collection!  That's right, Mr. Murphy has been with me since I was seven years old.

The Price
Free - thanks Dad!

The Condition
Besides the expected damage a second grader would inflict, the card isn't centered well.  But those fuzzy corners and creases mean it has been well loved.

The Verdict
It's nearly impossible not to smile looking at this card.  Might be my favorite one on the page.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Card #28 - John Urrea

The Card
Welcome to McDonalds, may I take your order?  Just kidding!  You have to love the brown, yellow, and orange of the old Padres uniforms.  Speaking of, this is the first San Diego Padre of the set.

John Urrea was out of MLB by the time this card was printed.  He spent 1982 in the Mexican leagues and seemingly retired after that.

Big shout out to the water tower over his left shoulder, keeping the club hydrated.

The Story
This card is from my original collection!  Or, at least, my younger brother's.  He gave me a stack of his common 1982's a few years back and I feel like this was one of them.  Still, it's been in the family for all this time.

The Price
Free - thanks brother!

The Condition
It's definitely well-worn but not that bad all things considered.

The Verdict
I don't know how I feel about the brown and green hockey stick.  What say you?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Page #3

Here is page three, and despite all the cool cards in these nine pockets, my eyes immediately drift to the upper right:


My Favorite Card On This Page:
There is only one answer - the Cal Ripken rookie!!!

My Least Favorite Card On This Page:
Dave Frost, but it's nothing personal.

What's your favorite?  VOTE IN THE NEW POLL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Card #27 - Tom Herr

The Card
Ooh baby, this is a sweet card.  TOM HERR!  I know Ozzie got all the glory for the Cardinal middle infield, but you have to give it up for his double play partner.  This card is nearly perfect.  No batting gloves?  Check.  Flap-less helmet?  Check.  Examining the bat to see if he broke it?  BIG CHECK.

My parents are from St. Louis so I grew up with a soft spot for the Cards, and Herr might have been my favorite.  I mean besides Willie McGee.  And Ozzie.  And Sutter.  But Herr is right up there.  Those 1980's Cardinals team were so fun...

The Story
God's honest truth, this was just sitting in the commons box at my local shop.  A hidden gem.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
One of the best in my binder.  The only issue might be that it's slightly off-center.

The Verdict
Seriously, maybe one of the coolest looking cards in the set.  But in his upcoming binder page battle, he has to go up against the Ripken rookie.  Eek!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Card #26 - Jorge Orta

The Card
Here is a fine batting cage portrait of the famous/infamous Jorge Orta.  His name generates fond remembrances or bitter flashbacks depending on which side of I-70 you were rooting for in the 1985 World Series.  But before he was a world champ for the Royals, he rocked a power "C" for Cleveland.

The Story
Yet another dime box find.

The Price
$0.15  (If I found it in a dime box why did it cost a nickel more?)

The Condition
Minus slight fuzz in the lower left corner, it's just fine.

The Verdict
This card reminds me a bit of my favorite card ever, the 1985 Topps Eddie Murray.  You look good, Jorge!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Card #25 - Jerry Remy

The Card
Here's a pretty sweet shot of Boston broadcasting legend Jerry Remy, roving the infield and perhaps charging a grounder?  This is also the first Boston Red Sox card in the set.  I have to admit, their blue/red hockey stick design is a nice compliment to their uni's.

The Story
I found this in the common's box at Bankston's.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
Despite my crooked scan, this Remy card is in good shape.

The Verdict
Do you think this is a spring training shot, or from a game in season?  Is it old Yankee Stadium?  Either way, this is a fine piece of cardboard.